10 January 2017 / Club News

Ynysybwl 36-17 Senghenydd

We welcomed Senghenydd to the Recreation Ground last Saturday afternoon which was the third encounter between the two sides this season. Ynysybwl were victorious in the first two but if supporters felt that this would be three in a row, The Saints had other ideas. Within the opening moments of the game it was the visitors that crossed for the first try of the game after a fine individual effort from Full Back Connor Davies to touch down under the posts.

With ten minutes on the clock, The Bwl began to take advantage of time in opposition territory. A well worked lineout put the home side backs onto the front foot and a training park move was well executed with Joseph Williams crossing out wide. Dion McIntosh added the conversion from the boot to draw level.

A penalty kick for the boys from Welfare Park nudged Senghenydd into the lead once again but Ynysybwl were soon once again deep in Saints twenty-two and again reaped the reward. Griffiths first with a sniping run down the blind before offloading to hooker Dewi Morris to get his head down and crash over from short distance. 

Ynysybwl now led 12-10 but back came Senghenydd with another converted try to take the lead leading up to half time. In an entertaining half there was time for one more and the home supporters were cheering once again as that man Griffiths who was instrumental in the support of the previous try crossed over for a try of his own under the sticks. Mcintosh added the simplest of conversions and the home side led at the break

Ynysybwl 19-17 Senghenydd HT

An early McIntosh penalty in the second half shortly followed by yet another try from Griffiths, converted by McIntosh, crucially extended the Ynysybwl lead to twelve which seemed to take the wind from the sails of the visiting Saints side. 

Bwl continued to dominate territory and possession and had the edge up front which enabled the pack to set a decent platform to play off. That power soon turned into points after an Ynysybwl scrum on the Senghenydd twenty-two travelled at a rate of knots to the visiting try line, beautifully controlled by No 8 Ollie Rees who chose his moment to pick up and power over from five metres out. McIntosh again converted from in front of the posts. 

Ynysybwl now led 36-17 and although there were opportunites for both teams to add to the score, those chances were not converted and with injuries and substitutions having an influence on the flow of the game, there was no further score. 

An entertaining game but more importantly a bonus point win to build on ahead of our game at Nantyglo next weekend. 

Ynysybwl 36-17 Senghenydd FT

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